A presidential advisory commission unanimously voted to recommend to President Joe Biden to process all applications for a green card or permanent residence within six months.
The recommendations of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (PACAANHPI), which will now be sent to the White House for approval, could bring joy to hundreds and thousands of Indian Americans and those waiting if accepted. Even for decades, for a green card.
During the PACAANHPI meeting, prominent Indian American community leader Ajay Jain Vutoria raised a proposal in this regard, during which 25 of its commissioners unanimously approved it.
The proceedings of the meeting were webcast live here in the national capital last week. To reduce the green card backlog, the Advisory Commission has recommended that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) review their processes, systems, policies and set up new internal cycle times. Goals by streamlining processes, removing unnecessary steps if any, automating any manual authorization, improving their internal dashboard and reporting system, and improving policies.
The recommendations aim to reduce the cycle time within six months for processing all forms related to family based green card application, DACA renewal, all other green card applications and to issue a judicial decision within six months of the application received by it. The commission has recommended the National Visa Center (NVC) to increase their capacity to process green card application interviews by 100 per cent in three months from August 2022 and to increase the capacity of visa card interviews and trials for green card applications by 150 per cent. – Between April 2023.
“Then the green card visa interview and visa processing timeline should be a maximum of six months,” it says. In order to make it easier for immigrants to stay and work in the country, the commission recommends that USCIS should review and decide within three months requests for work permits, travel documents, and temporary status extensions or changes.
Out of 226,000 annual green cards, only 65,452 family-friendly green cards were issued in FY 2021, leaving millions of unused green cards (many of which may be permanently lost in the future), and many more families unnecessarily isolated. There were 421,358 pending interviews in April, compared to 436,700 in March, the Vutoria policy paper said. Noting that the U.S. population has grown significantly in recent decades, the immigration system has not changed to keep pace, he said.
Annual migration levels were established in the early 1990s and have remained largely unchanged since then, he said. To make matters worse, the method used to calculate the annual number of employment-and-family-based migration is deeply flawed, and has led to family-based migration levels being set at their lowest every year for the past 20 years, while thousands for family members. Green cards are lost, not used by anyone, when they can be used to reunite families instead, says Vutoria
The long wait for a green card to be made is a significant hurdle for American families to be forced to wait decades to be reunited with their loved ones, even though those individuals are already eligible for immigration. “Family separation takes a terrible psychological toll on families It imposes obvious logical, economic and psychological hardships on families, and the growing nature of backlogs makes the process uncertain and impossible to plan for the future, ”he said.
Among other things, the commission recommended that USCIS extend premium processing on additional employment-based green card applications, all work permit petitions, and requests for temporary immigration status, so that applicants could pay USD 2,500 for a trial within 45 days. Periodic procedures.